Our Members

Current Members

Karl-WillertKarl Willert

Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Karl received his PhD from the University of California in San Francisco, did his post-doctoral research at Stanford, and joined UCSD as Assistant Professor in 2008.

Stephanie Grainger

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Stephanie joined the lab in 2013, after completing her PhD at the University of Ottawa in Canada. Her thesis work focused on the role of the Cdx transcription factor family in mouse intestinal development, under supervision of Dr. David Lohnes. Stephanie is interested in the developmental processes that govern hematopoietic development in the zebrafish embryo. Stephanie has been awarded postdoctoral fellowships from the American Heart Association and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and is currently a Scholar of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Pooja Sonavane

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Pooja joined the lab in August 2018, after completing her PhD at the University of Virginia.

Myan Do

PhD Candidate

Myan graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. She joined UCSD’s Biomedical Sciences PhD program in 2015 and joined the Willert lab in June 2016. She is investigating the mechanism of WNT/FZD7 signaling in the contexts of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) and cancer. Myan is currently funded by the Cancer Biology, Informatics and Omics (CBIO) Training Grant.

Nikki Nguyen

Lab Manager

Nikki joined the Willert lab in the Fall of 2014 as a research intern. She completed her Masters degree in 2017 through the UCSD B.S./M.S. program. Currently she is characterizing the interaction between Wnt and its Fzd receptors.

Diana Gumber

Research Technician

Diana graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Biology. She completed a MS in Regenerative Medicine from Cal Poly SLO as a CIRM intern in the lab in June 2017. After graduating with her MS degree, Diana joined the lab as a Research Technician. She is currently studying the potential of targeting the Frizzled 7 receptor in the WNT signaling pathway as an anti-cancer treatment.

Julia Thulin

Master’s Student

Julia is a Master’s student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and joined the lab as a CIRM intern in September 2018.

Jordan Setayesh

Research Volunteer

Jordan graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Physiology and Neuroscience. He joined the lab in January 2016 and plans to continue learning lab techniques and building his knowledge base in order to contribute to the lab.

Hannah Morris Little

Undergraduate Student

Neya Suresh-Kumar

Undergraduate Student

Past Members:

(in alphabetical order)

Holly Aur

Grober Baltazar

Rocio Barahona

Matthieu Bauer

David Brafman

Julia Busch

Emily Carnahan

Olivia Gaylord

Sarah George

Brett Henninger

Jiahao Huang

Ian Huggins

Christina Jessen

Natalie Kardos

Tamás Kovács

Nathan Kumar

Brianna Lonquich

Albert Lowe

Daniel McCoy

Riley Mills

Ellen Mintz

Damian Ng

Jon Okubo

Krystal Oon

Luca Perna

Christine Phung

Amelia Prada

Angeline Puranen

Jenna Richter

Alessandra Rodriguez

Jason Ross

Charlotte Rossdam

Kevan Shah

Nikita Shah

Tyler Sloan

Stephanie Soltero

Alexandra Stanley

Aubrey Stiers

Tanisha Takhar

Alyssa Vukcevich

Sara Wirth